Edward Prutschi received his B.A. in Political Science (International Relations) from York University and his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School.
At Osgoode, Mr. Prutschi participated in the Intensive Program in Criminal Law, clerking for Mr. Justice Victor Paisley of the Superior Court of Justice. After articling for the law firm of Goodman Philips & Vineberg (now Goodmans, LLP), Mr. Prutschi started his own practice focused on criminal and quasi-criminal litigation, eventually teaming up with Leo Adler and Boris Bytensky to form the boutique firm of Adler Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman.
Mr. Prutschi appears routinely before all levels of court in Ontario including the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal. He is a former faculty member for the Criminal Law course at the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Bar Admission Course where he has instructed law school graduates in criminal procedure prior to their admission to the profession. Mr. Prutschi has also been sought after as a guest speaker in the area of criminal law providing recent addresses to the Ontario Camping Association, the Ontario Bar Association, the Toronto Construction Association, The Commons Institute and Osgoode Hall Law School.
Mr. Prutschi is also a certified Intoxilyzer Breath Alcohol Technician – a designation that can come in very handy when defending persons charged with impaired driving related offences. He is a frequent legal analyst on radio and television appearing regularly on CFRB NewsTalk radio, CTV and CBC Television and others. He has been quoted in major Toronto and area newspapers for his views on high-profile cases he has worked on and the criminal law in general.
When not vigorously defending the interests of his clients, Mr. Prutschi, a former Governor of York University, can be found protecting the interests of his community through his active participation on the boards and committees of numerous organizations. He is a graduate of the United Jewish Appeal Federation’s prestigious Joshua Institute and holds a certificate in Jewish Communal Leadership from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Mr. Prutschi currently serves as the Legal Representative to the Research Ethics Board of North York General Hospital and writes a monthly travel column for Precedent Magazine under the moniker, The Crime Traveller. He is also a regular Justice Columnist for Slaw, Canada’s influential and widely read online legal magazine
Mr. Prutschi is also an active member of several professional organizations including the Criminal Lawyers’ Association where he serves as the Association’s representative to the Metro North courhouse.